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Newcastle Lose 1-0 – In Real Trouble Now

10:08 pm, Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

After 18 days of preparation for this game, which included a five day warm weather training camp in La Manga, Spain and the assurance from head coach Steve McClaren that our players know how important the final 12 games of the season are – we still went down 1-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium tonight.

The winning goal from Shaqiri came after 80 minutes although Stoke controlled most of the game and had most of the possession – as Newcastle seemed content to hang on for a draw.

Results are more important than performances at this stage of the season, so this was another very poor result for Newcastle and another away defeat – our 11th in 14 games – and our 7th in succession in all competitions – which is simply pathetic.

Doumbia had a good effort late in the game but it was well saved from Jack Butland but as usual with Newcastle it was too little too late.

The breakthrough finally arrived as Shaqiri came up with the goods as he let fly from 25-yards past a stranded Rob Elliot

Xherdan Shaqiri – fires home wonder goal

And Swansea beat Arsenal at the Emirates 2-1 tonight and the came from behind – and so they go to 30 points in 5th bottom place.

That’s a full 6 points above Newcastle, who now maybe in a bottom four shoot-out as we are being left behind by other sides like Swansea and Bournemouth who both won their games this week.

We thought before this game Newcastle were in really big trouble with Steve McClaren still as coach and our view has not changed – and we have to be real favorites for relegation given our terrible away form this season – 11 games lost in 14 games and only 7 goals scored on the road.


Now the game at Bournemouth on Saturday at home is a must-win game but if alarm bells are not going off loud and clear at St. James’ Park they should be because it looks like we are going down.

It looked like we could get a point out of this game, which was a dismal affair until Xherdan Shaqiri produced just a terrific wonder goal that gave goalkeeper Rob Elliot no chance at all.

So we suppose only conceding one goal away from home is something that McClaren in his post match interview will hail as an achievement.

But Newcastle seemed too content tonight to get the point away from home and we know when teams do that they very rarely get anything out of the game – and Newcastle have missed a great chance to bring in a new head coach after the Chelsea disaster.

With Steve McClaren continuing in charge we are almost certain now we will be relegated and this defeat is not exactly a surprise.

Surprisingly we don’t think he will be replaced and if we can beat Bournemouth he will stay in charge, but we are sinking fast as other teams just above us our starting to win their games.

In order to get away form the relegation zone you have to be brave in these games and try to win them – just look at Swansea tonight – going to Arsenal and winning the game 2-1.

We must have a top ten squad but it looks like we will be relegated because in all honesty Steve McClaren has been a disastrous appointment as head coach – the second such terrible appointment from Lee Charnley.

Newcastle have some decisions to make – they can keep with McClaren and go down – or else they can bring in a new coach and try to save the season.

That’s the choice – plain and simple.

Here’s the league positions after tonight’s games.

Crystal Palace38-1242
19 Norwich38-2834
20Aston Villa38-4917

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64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DENIro // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    McClaren, a man with no skills and with no balls.. He looks like totally moron.. He didn’t start the game with the intention to win.. This man will bury us if he doesn’t leave now..
    You can`t expect anything with such miserable defence and with no attack.. Gouffran, who is striker, on the wing.. Mitrovi? alone, playing in the midfield..
    Utter disaster..

  • 2 jane // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    at least Norwich, Sunderland and Villa have away matches at the weekend that they are unlikely to win!

  • 3 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    We have a home match this weekend that we are unlikely to win

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Poor game s*it result
    First half display we will not survive in the Championship never mind staying up in the Premiership.
    Mitrovich absolute waste of space and weak as water. If he put as much effort as he does rolling around holding his face then we would have a good player.
    Sissoko and Shelvey wouldn’t gave them a merit mark between them tonight.

    I think Shelvey is regretting moving from Swansea so has thrown the towel in he was SH*T, SH*T, SH*T, SH*T
    Only player I thought came out with any credit was Lascalles.
    MsLarens tactics playing one up front STUUUUUUUPIDDDDD.

    Can we end the season now – and put us out of the misery – NOW.

    Cannot see us getting another win so lets prepare for next season in the championship.
    Bournemouth and Swansea safe now as we will not get 30 pts

    No of points we will get – 26pts – 2 draws Palace and Villa

  • 6 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    It wasn’t a wonder goal. If you were watching in HD you will have noticed Colback had soiled himself and Elliot had temporarily strapped a concrete block to each foot and handcuffed his own arms behind his back. Easy to miss on those dodgy streams.

  • 7 Average_Contents // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    The pressure has got to get to him soon.

    Taking goofy off (only because of injury, starting him in the first place) and bringing riviere on has got to be one of the most bizarre subs I’ve witnessed.

    Doumbia AND Perez sat on the bench.

    Wtf is that all about.

    We looked clueless and had 18 days prior to that shower to work on all manner of things.

    He’s lost the fcuking plot. I doubt he had it to begin with tbh.

    Useless cnut.

    Let’s hope they sort their shit out on Saturday otherwise we’ll definitely be going down imo

  • 8 Belfast // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Failure to win on Saturday and we’re doomed.

  • 9 Lee Dodd // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Mike Ashley has one chane Only Now !!!! Sack McClaren NOW !!!! For Gods Sake !!!! Bring in Rednap until the end of the season !!!

  • 10 clinath@ed // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Been waiting for months now for us to ‘turn the corner’….realised tonight, we’re on a straight road, and it’s down hill.

  • 11 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Actually I think if McLaren wears the Monty outfit start of next game then Lee can come on dressed as Peter Griffin and fight him around the ground while the game is playing. Take our mind of it.

  • 12 Lee Dodd // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Chance Even !!!

  • 13 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    been sitting all day hoping,praying for a response from the team,from the coach….but nothing…absolutely nowt same shoddy poor enept performance….half arsed tackling,no pace,skill,movement or anything to give us even the slightest hope that we may get out this……shockingly came to realise it may already be to late if sat goes the way i think it will…..pathetic,useless shite

  • 14 terencelim // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Now you don’t want to imagine who would Ashley appoint if McClaren is to be sacked.

  • 15 sing in the corner // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    That’s simplified things now. Most probably 2 from only 3.. A fight to the death. It’s going to be excruciating. Each passing result elevates March 20th further. This could be the biggest derby game both sides have ever seen.

  • 16 anthc // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    The little clip at the end on sky mclaren looked a broken man as did dummet sitting on the floor. No doubt he’ll conjour up his usual dross with that daft grin. The man is a deluded fool and is taking us down. He actually thinks he can do the job. What a knacker.

  • 17 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    macca leave….you had your chance… but your not good enough….make the club do something… by leaving.

  • 18 G // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Im not bitter about stokes goal, i am bitter about our inability to field a strong side, our team not retaining the ball, and looking less likely to score than the elephant man in a pravda show. How long are the club going to let macca prove he isnt up to the job? His selection reminds me of when Souness fielded the worst team he could against wigan to play for the sack, and its lucrative pay off. Get rid now.

  • 19 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Toonking, the simple thing is that neither of them should be getting anywhere near the manager/head coach’s seat in the first place.

  • 20 brklyngeordie // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    No one has said it more then me its been years since ive been saying Sissoko is one of the worst footballers ever does nothing well why he always has a place is insane this man is the cancer..

    Can we please invite the lad from West Brom who hit Brunt with the Battery to hit come up this week and make Sissy and Macca his targets?

    Team is so bad feel for Mitro and Gini they try but surrounded by trash on either wing why have we not gone to a 2 striker formation yet we are wasting Mitro’s talents of holding up ball

  • 21 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    Maybe Ashley and Charnley have cunningly designed us to be ‘last day of the season’ escapologists?

  • 22 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:21 PM

    jane at least Norwich and Sunderland show fight which we sadly do NOT!!!

    and How many more players will cry off injured for Saturday as they do not fancy playing…

    Maybe Shelvey, Sissoko, Mitrovich and Winjammer – oh sorry were they playing tonight.

    Which is the TOON’s favourite TV programme?????


    Ho, Ho, Ho

  • 23 AncientC // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Scoring wonder goals, you can do it at home with your friends too.

    Get a Premier League size set goal & nets.
    A friend to play as goalkeeper.
    Take shots from the edge of the box.
    Don’t forget to tell your friend in goal that he cannot use his hands or move from the spot his feet are on, once the ball is in the air.

  • 24 SPRINGY // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    i seen him trudging off down th side line he looks a beaten man …utterly clueless

  • 25 lochinvar // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:23 PM

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    not fulfilling or not expected to achieve the intended purpose or desired outcome.
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    antonyms: useful, beneficial

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  • 26 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Charnley’s arse will have dropped out tonight.

  • 27 sing in the corner // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Ok I’ve been going on about other results going against us all season. But how the hell did Arsenal contrive to lose at home against Swansea tonight? Apparently Swansea had rung the changes / rested players for their big game with Norwich at the weekend as well. Uncanny..

  • 28 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Sissoko is extremely poor and well overrated. Mitrovic can’t actually hold the ball, he can receive it then get it taken off him while he fannies about is what he can do. Shelveys head goes and he can’t get the weight of his pass right from then on. Gouffran, colback, pointless fillers. That’s five players out of your eleven not helping.

  • 29 Lanzatoon42 // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    LIKE I HAVE SAID SACK MCLAREN, its too late now we are doomed!!!! Thanks Ashley & Charnley etc for an enept management above. PATHETIC. Fans work all hours and having to put up with this shite. Cannot believe the smoggs be in prem without us and scum!!!

  • 30 lochinvar // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Get Mourinho in until the end of the season – he’s got nothing better to do at the moment

  • 31 Toonacious T // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Repost from last thread Even if it was not his initial plan A, then with 60 minutes gone Schteve should have realised that Stoke were playing below par and brought on Perez and/or Doumbia at that point. It was also obvious that inactivity and conditions meant some players were shot by 65 minute mark. He made one sub to replace an injured Gouffran and brought on Riviere. Then the other two on 83 minutes when they inevitably scored. He has no in game intuition and no balls at all. Fatman likes these spineless types though and the kind of man we would need at this juncture isn’t likely to want to work under such a regime. We are down imo.

  • 32 Toonces // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    What happened to playing it out from the back? Why was Elliott the one taking the free kicks just because they were in our end? The wind in the second half was so strong and against us, it was clear that lumping the ball forward high in the air was not the thing to do…but we repeatedly did this and just gave the ball back to Stoke.

  • 33 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Still don’t think we’ll be relegated but to think that it’s Macca taking us down is being tunnel visioned.

    We spent money in both windows but that didn’t bring our squad in line with our competitors, it closed (slightly I might add) the gulf in class that was growing between them and us. The reason for that serious gulf in quality was Mike Ashley and only Mike Ashley.

    Steve McClaren blew a certain promotion for Derby last season, fluffed his lines in Germany and with Notts Forest, not to mention his disastrous tenure at England, and no he is not fit to manage our club in the least. Although, when a club like his knocks on his door does he reject the chance? No. His appointment is the fault of Mike Ashley, and only Mike Ashley.

    Despite nearly a decade at our club, where he has done all but defecate on the actual pitch (which he may have done at some point for all we know) Mike Ashley has disgraced our club.

    The fault for him being there lies on us.

  • 34 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Lee will be discovering tonight that he did indeed put his underpants on the wrong way round as he dashed to the can. He’ll have to join Carr for his sponge bath.

  • 35 stan anderson // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Any fan wanting us relegated is not a fan,Bollox to you maty,we need to be relegated as low as it needs to be to
    have any chance of ridding ourselves of this Barsteward.
    Real true fans will still support there club no matter what league we play in.I will.
    Ashley and the rest of the hangers on OOT

  • 36 Toonces // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    And we haven’t played the ball out from the back in months. Just long ball up to the isolated lone striker who is marked by two or three defenders. How is that a positive tactic?

  • 37 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Have to agree with you there Ruddy. The great five year experiment that ended three years ago looks like it’s going to fail any day now. Any day.

  • 38 lochinvar // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Am I on a different planet to this man ?
    Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, talking to BBC Sport: “I’m glad we don’t have to play against Jack Butland every week. He denied us victory at St James’ Park and tonight he denied us a point I think we deserved. It’s cruel that we lost.

    “I couldn’t fault the players. We were organised, hard to beat, compact and we frustrated Stoke, they had one shot in the second half and scored.

    “If we continue that hard work then I‘ll get what we deserve.

    “It’s difficult to stomach but you have to. Saturday at home against Bournemouth is a big game, we’ve got 11 games left and need a certain amount of victories. With the talent weve got, we’re confident to we can do it.”

  • 39 AncientC // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Maybe instead of Spain they could send the squad on a vision quest to Peru. Whilst they are in a trance, draw pictures of how to actually pass a ball in the sand. See if anything hits home.

  • 40 Fostino // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Golden opportunity missed. Clueless clueless clueless terrible awful manager. I haven felt this bad about the manager in my many years of supporting the toon. Goofy on the wing…your a disgrace mcclaren. Walk away

  • 41 anthc // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:31 PM


    Yes he looks lost and defeated. Hopefully he’ll walk away.

  • 42 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    I’ll predict now that Bournemouth will be a score draw.
    We’ll get a point, and be in 17th place.
    Then we’ll have the false sense of security and relief that being out the relegation zone might give and complacency will set in again.

  • 43 Thump // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Now we’re in big trouble?

  • 44 corkypants // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    socks needs dropping he is shite he cant cross! i dont care what people say he is not a winger his touch is awful he cant beat a man for his size he is a flaming panzie he should be winning every header against the full back but he never seems to get in the box. an absolute waste in that position

  • 45 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Lee will be oblivious to all this. He is in a toilet stall in Stoke MacDonalds wishing he had checked for TP before dropping his kecks for the showdown. No plan B.

  • 46 beermonkey // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:35 PM


    have you not heard there is no crisis and nothing to worry about were safe

  • 47 BandB // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    As Ashley today underwent his first relegation of the the season, it’s worth pointing out some of the reasons put forward by the Financial Times for Sports Direct’s fall from Stock Exchange grace.

    Lack of corporate governance. The outfit is in the top league, but seems to have no intention of playing by its rules with regard to things like open communication with shareholders. Ashley seemed to believe there would be no consequences for doing things his way.

    The company chairman has no qualifications for the role, but is a mere cipher, while Ashley acts as de facto chief executive.

    Ashley appears to treat the company as his plaything, pursuing policies and taking decisions that may benefit himself personally, but appear to take little heed of the reasonable expectations of others with an interest in the firm’s performance.

    The company has proved determined and adept at evading scrutiny and seems unwilling or resistant to addressing key criticisms.

    Does any of this sound familiar?

  • 48 corkypants // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    our creativity is awful we dont even create chances we get in the final third shit ourselves and go back to the halfway line

  • 49 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    I cannot believe thats what the idiot said – absolute clueless.
    windy day playing with the wind with one striker up front who cannot jump to head the ball – never mind hold it up and all we did HOOF the F88kin ball upfield.
    McInidiot – might have the talent but ain’t got a team and ain’t got a manager

  • 50 Toonacious T // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Lads, do yourselves a favour and tune into BT sport1 for the Ali docu. We have all wasted enough time and energy on this joke outfit already tonight.

  • 51 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    I I know who it was and I don’t want to know, but that cross begging for a great ball into the box from the right late on in the game that went straight up in the air… that and the tableau of falling over down the left wing by three of our players looked like a circus tumbling display, I just laughed until my sides ached. We are an object of derision.

  • 52 Lanzatoon42 // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:38 PM


  • 53 jon.c // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    I wonder if S Mc had a bet on Newcastle going down this year with big odds . What the odds on the same team on sat he aint got a clue

  • 54 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Did they accidentally leave Mr Carr in Spain?

  • 55 Toonacious T // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Pretty sure that was Sissoko Tsunki. A big tube.

  • 56 goalseeker // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Time they all went back to the warmth of Spain because they are no good here. No fight – No bite- No chance. We are doomed to go down and that is the first time I have said it this season I always had hope but the subs tonight showed that the manager (sorry I cannot call him that) has no clue what to do. The team set up for a draw and unfortunately got what usually happens to teams that set up for a point One slip up with 5 mins to go and it is all over. No good shouting for McClaren to go its too late and he is here for 3 years. He won’t resign he would lose too much money because no sensible club would give him a job he is as bad as Carver if the board cannot see that they are not worthy to be part of this once great club. Cannot really blame Ashley he said Charnley was running the club and what a mess the bumbling idiot has made. Ashley is really suffering his team out of the premier league and losing him all that lovely money and his Company dropping like a stone out of the Footsie 100 relegation all around. He sowed the seed and now he reaps what he deserves it is just a shame that those who do not deserve to suffer bear the brunt that’s the supporters who turn up every home game and hope for something different. I expect Mc to come out tonight with his phrase we played well if we continue playing like that we will turn the corner trubble is he has run out of corners.

  • 57 Tsunki // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Well we though Alan “grass length” Pardew had monopoly over the excuse generator but apparently hes franchised it out. Cue Steve “can’t seem to handle the ball” McLaren, now it appears we were the only one of the two sides tonight unduly affected by wind. Should have kept clear of the chorizo sausage and Pimientos Padron Steve. Warned you

  • 58 Lanzatoon42 // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Probably nowt surprises me with that deluded so called management, they just take the piss out of hard working devoted toon fans watching that pile of shit!!! Thanks

  • 59 edtheduck // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    It was a strange game, weather didn’t help… positives for me were solid at back, effort was good… negatives, strange team selection (Rolando good enough o be a left back but not a left mid?), no movement in final 1/3, substations bizarre (Rivierre wtf???) and too little too late… went for a point a no Plan B… I really don’t think it’s the quality of the squad, they are easy a top 10 squad, it’s the coaching, tactics and in game execution that sucks…

  • 60 lesh // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:47 PM

    Charnley seemingly chose McClaren and on Carr’s recommendation.

    Charnley agreed the players we bought, again on Carr’s recommendations.

    Ashley’s seemingly been hands off leaving football matters to the so called football board and he’s going nowhere until he’s ready. He can’t be sacked.

    So, where to from here?

    McClaren can’t be held solely responsible for a season that’s seen us flirting with relegation all season – he’s just not been good enough, a bad choice.

    Charnley and his board colleagues must be held responsible for the mess that is Newcastle United – whether we are relegated or not. They should all be sacked.

    But will that happen? I doubt it and if anyone carries the can, it’ll be McClaren.

    What a mess, a disaster and will Ashley give a toss? I doubt it.

  • 61 DAVEMAC // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    I have been saying sinc Xmas that we are gone not on here but to the lads in my local tonight finalised it for me yet some of my mates still think we will escape can someone please tell me how?
    We have an absolute moron as manager who has no idea of what football is about, he has had 18 days to prepare for this game and his selection was unbelievable and his substitutions even worse, there is no doubt that he will say that we controlled the game the second half totally ignoring the fact that we were totally outplayed in the first have by a very poor Stoke side, He will then tell you that we were the better team and that a very good save robbed of of a point at the end totally ignoring the fact that Stoke were absolutely crap and we were worse. Bournemouth will murder us on Saturday and how Wijneldom and Sissko get a game with Arrons and Perez in particular remain on the bench is beyond me! Ashley is going to loose millions by appointing this clown of a manager and I would be prepared to bet that never in Premiership history has a manager sacked by a champion ship club been appointed by a premiership club before, only NUFC could do that. Championship here we come with 7 defeats in a row by Sunderland just to make us all feel better. Think I will now go and take a few pills and not wake up tomorrow after this nightmare.

  • 62 DAVEMAC // Mar 2, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Forgot to add that never before in NUFC’s history have we been in the bottom five all season yet another new record set by McLaren an d his cronies, followed this lot through thick and thin for 63 years and never known anything like this. Goodnight and good ridance once again. The Tyne bridge will be busy tonight.

  • 63 Moonraker15 // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    We lost that game through team selection and lack of offensive tactics, not inferior players. If we get relegated it will be one of the best squads to go down in the history of the Prem ! Having watched Sunderland against Palace we are by far the better team but having sorted the defence tonight he didn’t have an attacking plan. Rivierre on instead of Doumbia or Ajoze and Gouf on from the start! What is this coach on?

  • 64 Moonraker15 // Mar 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    And by the way I think Colo is taking his annual mid season break as the heat gets turned up! However I will be at SJP on Saturday and if we don’t win McClown will be forced out! He looked very shaky after the game in the interview and looks on the verge of cracking; if he gets dogs abuse on Saturday he will go I’m sure cos it’s gonna be like nothing he has experienced!

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